What do you get when you combine a well-loved classic, the French braid and make it into an updo? The French braid updo is a really versatile look, bringing all the practical elements of braided styles (long-lasting, protective, good for greasy hair days…), with the all-around gorgeousness of an updo.
If you’re currently thinking “guys, I can’t even do a French braid, let alone a French braid bun updo”, we’ve got both a video and step-by-step instructions (below) to help you turn those can’ts into cans.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your hair band and your bobby pins, and let’s get started!
How to nail the French braid bun updo
Apply dry shampoo.
Ready to take on the French braid updo? Start by refreshing your roots with the TONI&GUY Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo. This will soak up any dirt or excess oils, while also giving you more grip for braiding.
Section your hair.
Next, using a comb section off your hair by creating a diagonal line from your crown down to your ear. Clip to one side using a sectioning clip and repeat on the other side.
Create a bun.
Taking the remaining hair, twist it into a bun by wrapping it around on itself. Secure with bobby pins, so that it stays in place.
Start your French braid.
Unclipping one of the front sections of hair, take a small section of hair and divide this into 3. Start braiding as you would a normal braid, crossing the outside strands over into the middle. Then, to turn it into a French braid, start pulling in more hair from either side as you work.
Continue this until you reach your neck and no longer have any more hair left to add in.
Finish up with a normal braid.
Once you’ve reached your neck, finish braiding down to the ends of your hair using the regular 3 strand braid method.
Secure and pancake.
Use a clear hair elastic to secure your braid, then use your thumb and index finger to gently pull on (or ‘pancake’ as it’s called) your braid. This will make it appear fuller and more plumped-up.
Wrap the braid around the bun.
To pull the look together, wrap the braid around the bun and lock in position using bobby pins.
Twist the remaining section of hair.
Roll the remaining loose section of hair into a twist and then, wrap this around the bun too and secure.
Finish with hairspray.
To ensure your French braid bun updo lasts, finish up the look with a good spritz of the TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray . It brings an instant shine to the style and makes it look that bit more polished.